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The Clergy of the Benefice

Rev Rowena King

from October 2018

Christopher Etherton Associate Minister

Michelle Porter-Babbage,

Curate until July 2018




Christopher moved to this Benefice in May 2014, from the Isle of Wight where he had ministered previously. He takes specific responsibility the Rissington parishes. He is married to Diane – they have 3 ‘grown-up’(?) children. Poppy the Dog still lives at home. Before ordination, Christopher’s main career was management consultancy in the NHS, employed within pre-Thatcher, privately after. He has also worked in manufacturing, and, with Diane, run a hotel. When time beyond his allegedly part-time post permits, he enjoys walking and DIY – in demand for the latter from his children now he’s back on mainland England. He and Diane enjoy tracing family tree.

Michelle was born in Southport, but moved to Cheltenham in her late teens for nurse training. She worked in the NHS for over 30 years before being ordained in 2014 and moving to Bourton on the Water to serve as Curate in this benefice. In addition, she is on the committee of Awesome Women's Network and shares in the ministry of healing and wholeness within the Deanery.  She has two adult children, Oliver and Camilla.  One of her passions in life includes eating copious amounts of cake, preferably in a national trust tea room adoring the architecture and art surrounding her. Among other things she enjoys literature, interior design, garden landscape and all things retro and vintage! In a past life Michelle also worked in a gallery, was a milliner and has an interest in interior design.